Grafton claims four victories over the weekend


GRAFTON—  The Lady Bearcats played back-to-back double headers over the weekend, and demolished the competition, coming away victorious in all four contests.

On Friday, the team met up with the Frankfort Fighting Lady Falcons, on their home field. 

Grafton got off to a slow start, driving in one run in the opening inning of play, with a triple by Aubree Collins, but went scoreless in the second. However, the Lady Cats picked things up and ran away with the game during the third.

The Lady Bearcats notched six runs in the third, while the Lady Falcons were yet to get on the board.

The big inning was a combined effort of Amber Smith, Collins, Jordan Niggemyer, Olivia Shaver and Savanna Wyckoff, who all drove in runs for that frame.

Frankfort gave their best effort to catchup to the Cats, bringing two home in the fourth; it just wasn’t enough, as Grafton would continue crossing home plate and added three more runs in the fifth to take the 10-2 win.

Fredrique Maloley earned the game for her team, going five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and sitting 13 Lady Falcons.

The Lady Bearcats earned their ten runs on nine hits, and tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases and Kaileigh Spiker leading with four stolen bases.

In the second matchup, Grafton stole the show early on, getting things started on the offensive end in the first inning.

Once again it was Collins kicking things off for the Lady Bearcats, connecting for a triple on the opening pitch and scoring the run.

The Lady Cats kept their momentum going throughout the game, looking for the clean sweep over the Fighting Lady Falcons, driving in an additional three runs in the second inning.

During the fifth, Grafton would add three more runs to their total, thanks to the batting efforts of Spiker and Maloley.

This time, it was senior Mia Chambers on the rubber, taking the win over five innings.

She only allowed three hits and prevented the Lady Falcons from driving in a single run, striking out nine and walking one, as Grafton secured the 8-0 victory.

Looking to accomplish the same sweep on Saturday, the Lady Cats returned to their home field to go head-to-head with the Preston County Lady Knights.

Prior to first pitch, Grafton took the time to recognize their hardworking seniors with a bittersweet ceremony for Haley Perks, Collins, Chambers, Ashlyn Zbosnik and Shaver.

This time, it was Smith getting things started on the offensive end for Grafton when she doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.

The team continued to be hot at the plate, bringing in six total runs during the first, three in the second and five in the third.

Grafton notched 14 runs on 12 hits and only had four Lady Cats strike out.

On the defensive end, Chambers secured the win allowing just two hits for one run and striking out six.

To round out the day, the Lady Cats continued with their winning streak, taking the victory in the final contest against the Lady Knights, 11-3.

Opening strong once more, Maloley put the Cats on the board with a single on the first pitch, and a scored run.

The team tallied four runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth inning, while the Lady Knights drove one run in the third and two more in the fifth.

Maloley took the win for Grafton, as she surrendered three runs on three hits and sat eight.

The Lady Cats recorded 11 runs on 11 hits for the day, closing out their busy weekend as the front-runner.

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